Lowther Stakes betting tips: Fairyland fancied for juvenile fillies’ sprint at Ebor Festival

The 2018 Lowther Stakes betting tips from Horsebetting.com say Fairyland is worth a wager to frank Royal Ascot form in this Group 2 juvenile fillies’ contest over 6f on day two of York’s Ebor Festival; Thursday, 23 August. Angel’s Hideaway is feared most, while the still unexposed Flawless Jewel looks good each-way value here. Read all about these two-year-olds’ chances in our 2018 Lowther Stakes betting tips.

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15/8
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Fairyland
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2/1
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Angel's Hideaway
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10/1
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Flawless Jewel
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Fairyland can be first-ever Lowther winner for O’Brien at York

All-conquering Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien is still looking for his first winner of the 6f Group 2 Lowther Stakes, but there is clear confidence that Fairyland can break his duck in this juvenile fillies’ event that gets proceedings underway on day two of York’s Ebor Festival on Thursday (13:55).

The Ballydoyle maestro had six engaged before final declarations and now only Fairyland – a daughter of Kodiac out of a Pivotal mare – makes the trip across the Irish Sea in search of this valuable prize. She has won two of her three starts over this distance so far, including at Listed level when a comfortable victor in the Marble Hill Stakes at The Curragh on her penultimate outing.

Fairyland chased the leaders and was third at halfway before hitting the front in-between the last two and soon when clear inside the final furlong for a 2 1/4 lengths victory over stablemate Van Beethoven. The runner-up and third home Land Force – also an O’Brien horse – have both come out since and won Group 2 contests, so that is strong form.

Connections then pitched Fairyland into Group 3 company last time out when she was a three-quarters of a length third to Main Edition in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. She raced on the far side, while the winner and second were in the near side group; so, given how the raced panned out, this was far from disappointing.

There’s a much smaller field in the Lowther for Fairyland to contend with and she meets main market rival Angel’s Hideaway off level weights again here. That one came fourth in the Albany and has a more than a length to find off the same terms, so there’s no reason why the form shouldn’t be confirmed.

Fairyland is thus fancied to gain a big race victory en route to even better things and remains open to even more progress compared to her fellow top rated filly. Our 2018 Lowther Stakes betting tips say back her to land the spoils.

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Angel’s Hideaway the obvious danger

Like O’Brien, Newmarket handler John Gosden is still seeking a first-ever winner of this race. His representative in this year’s renewal is the aforementioned Angel’s Hideaway, who has come out and won since the Albany but also shown one or two worrying tendencies along the way.

Frankie Dettori is back on the board this daughter of Dark Angel, but picked up a riding ban when last in the saddle after a potentially dangerous incident marred the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket’s July Festival. Prior to that, Angel’s Hideaway had won a Haydock maiden over the trip and then finished 1 1/4 lengths behind Fairyland in the Albany.

At Newmarket, she cannoned into rivals when lurching to her right before the furlong marker causing all sorts of trouble in-running for others. Only Pretty Pollyanna really avoided this and went on to score by seven lengths with Angel’s Hideaway rallying to chase her home.

Given what happened, it is hard to take this form seriously but there is no doubting the comfortable nature of her subsequent victory. That came in the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot where, after being held-up, Angel’s Hideaway made smooth progress from just before two out to take it up before the final furlong and soon drew clear to score by 2 1/2 lengths.

Winning that has earned her the same mark of 105 as Fairyland. Gosden yard’s is in better form currently than O’Brien, but that alone is not enough to suggest Angel’s Hideaway can reverse the form of the Albany, so for that reason we recommend taking her on.

Unexposed Flawless Jewel appeals each-way

Local trainer Richard Fahey saddled Queen Kindly to land the Lowther spoils two years ago and his unexposed Flawless Jewel could hardly have been more impressive last time out. Despite her taking a big step up in class, she rates our best each-way bet in this renewal.

A neck runner-up at York on debut last month to a filly who had the benefit of three previous runs, she duly improved for that initial outing by absolutely bolting up last time out when landing a 5f Pontefract class 4 novice event by 16 lengths.

You can certainly question what Flawless Jewel beat here, but visually this was a very taking display as she hit the front three out and was pushed further clear en route to a facile victory. Based on the dominant manner of her victory, she could be anything.

Fahey also has his team in fine fettle at present, so it would be no surprise to see Flawless Jewel go well at double figure odds. As she’s open to tons more progress after just those couple of career outings, we’ve put her up as the each-way punt among our 2018 Lowther Stakes betting tips.

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